Historical Report Of Indians And Europeans Relatio

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Historical Report “ Savages we call them, because their manners differ from ours, which we think the Perfection of Civility; they think the same of theirs” (Benjamin) The first encounter of Indians and Europeans in “TheNewWorld” was difficult for some and favorable for others, depending on the tribe and the Indian’s perception of the Europeans. In addition to this, due to the separation of their geographical locations, their societies were very different. Many narratives were written to describe some of these encounters and to compare the traditions and cultures of both races. Some examples include “Of Plymouth Plantation” by William Bradford, “La Relacion” by Cabeza de Vaca, “Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America,” by Benjamin Franklin, and “Lecture to a Missionary,” by Red Jacket. “La Relacion” and “Of Plymouth Plantation” describe the first encounters between the Native Americans and the Europeans from the Spaniard and English point of view. Many of the similarities these two narratives share include that in both stories when the Europeans steal food from the Indians they use the term “bring away.” This makes it seem like if they had borrowed it or like if God had given it to them. However, if Indians did the same, it would be considered as stealing. One of the few examples include when in “Of Plymouth Plantation” the Europeans find the Indian huts: “...the people were run away and could not be seen. Also there was found more of their corn and of their beans of various colors; the corn and beans they [the English] brought away, purposing to give them [the Indians] full satisfaction when they should meet with any of them…And here is to be noted a special providence from God…”.In both stories, the Indians make the first move towards peace and offer food. For instance, in “Of Plymouth Plantation” there is a part of the story where Bradford tell us that

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